Senator Bob Graham is the former two–term governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This is combined with 12 years in the Florida legislature for a total of 38 years of public service. Bob Graham retired from public service in January 2005, following his Presidential campaign in 2004.
Bob Graham is recognized for his leadership on issues ranging from education, economic development, healthcare, environmental preservation and his service on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — including eighteen months as chairman in 2001–2002.
In recent years, Senator Graham was appointed by the President and served as Co-Chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. This followed his service as a Commissioner on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, as Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and his service as a member of the CIA External Advisory Board. Currently he is serving on the federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.
Senator Graham is also the author of several books. Work Days – Finding Florida on the Job: descriptions of early jobs in what became his 30 year commitment to over 400 work days; Intelligence Matters, 9/11 and the run up to the Iraq War from the perspective of the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Keys to the Kingdom, a novel of suspense which draws upon his background in government and intelligence.
Senator Graham’s passion has been civic engagement. After retiring from public life, Senator Graham served for a year as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He participated in with the 2008 establishment of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and currently serves as the chair of its council of advisors. He is co-chair of the Florida Joint Center on Citizenship which is devoted to enhanced civics education in primary and secondary schools. He serves on the board of the National Conference on Citizenship. In 2010 with Chris Hand, Graham co-authored America the Owner’s Manual: Making Government Work for You, which teaches the skills of civic participation.